Okay the holidays are over, the decorations are back in their boxes and stored. It’s time to rock and roll. Are you a person who likes challenges? Many people don’t but sometimes challenges can help you get over an obstacle. I like challenges. I always have. Even as a boy, if you challenged me, I’d go for it. There is something about stepping beyond the comfortable to moving out in the risk zone. In weight loss, it can help push you to succeed.
Merriam says a challenge is an “invitation to compete.” A challenge might simply be for you alone. I’ve kind of fallen from the challenge platform. I need to get back on the recumbent bike and challenge my best previous efforts. Perhaps I should set a challenge to do 100 miles this week. Maybe I’ll reward myself if I make the challenge.
There are also challenges with others. It’s a friendly (hopefully) challenge to do something you don’t ordinarily do. Maybe it’s to walk 10,000 steps a day. Then you all check in to see how many made it each day. Or you could do a weight loss challenge, such as trying to lose 5 pounds by Valentine’s Day or some other day. A friendly competition might inspire you to lose weight.
You can find these challenges all over the internet. I usually go to SparkPeople to find a challenge. Sometimes you might be part of a team challenging another team. As you grow older, I think it is helpful to challenge yourself. We can become complacent and that just leads to aging.
Here’s one thing about challenges. You might lose. At the last company I worked for, they had a health challenge. I came in second. It is hard to lose especially if there is a nice prize involved. But as they say, on any Sunday any team could win. Someone is going to win, and someone is going to lose. As long as you did your best, someone might do better. I’m fine with that.
So now, I’m thinking of what challenge to do. It should probably be something to do with exercise, as that is my weak point now. Challenges should give your weak areas a boost. I’m thinking. Are you with me?